The Destruction of Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument

Photo: Carolyn Van Houten/The Washington Post via Getty Images

How Trump is destroying Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument and what it means for environmental protection laws everywhere

Thursday, April 23, 7pm

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Trump’s border wall is under construction through the most pristine Sonoran Desert ecosystem – Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument. Endangered species, Indigenous sacred sites, and wilderness lands are being destroyed now.

“Our normal litigious strategies have been rendered useless by the Trump administration’s waiver of almost every relevant environmental and cultural resources law.”
– Center for Biological Diversity

We have put together a public presentation on this issue and will be hosting a Zoom conference on Thursday, April 23, 7pm. Details are below. While this border wall is far away from the northwest, the legal issues are right in our backyard. Our solidarity with the people of southern Arizona and northern Sonora, and the people migrating through that area, is critical to change the policies that allow this destruction to happen in the first place.

In honor of Earth Day, we have put together a public presentation on this issue. While this border wall is far away from the northwest, the legal issues are right in our backyard. Our solidarity with the people of southern Arizona and northern Sonora, and the people migrating through that area, is critical to change the policies that allow this destruction to happen in the first place. This presentation will allow people to learn about this fragile desert ecosystem, the people on the southern border, how Trump has waived the law to allow this destruction, and how these precedents threaten wilderness ecosystems in the pacific northwest.

Your lecturers for this seminar are

Carolyn Wilcox studied Mexican wolves in the Sonoran Desert and plant physiological ecology in the Mojave Desert while earning her undergraduate and masters degrees in environmental science. She now leads wildlife tours in Olympic National Park through her company Experience Olympic. Carolyn will discuss the special importance of intact desert ecosystems.

Lindsey Schromen-Wawrin is an attorney practicing on constitutional issues of government power. He also serves as a city council member in Port Angeles. Lindsey will discuss how the Trump administration claims waivers from environmental and cultural resources laws.

This catastrophe on the southern border has many dimensions, including a migration crisis and expanded colonialism on Tohono O’odham lands. Our focus here on the ecological destruction and environmental law implications is intended to connect the humanitarian crisis to the ecological crisis, rather than to render the people and human suffering invisible.

For more information see www.biologicaldiversity.org/campaigns/border_wall

We would encourage donations to the Center for Biological Diversity, which is one of the organizations leading legal opposition to the border wall.

Zoom Conference Information

Topic: Protecting Biodiversity and Sacred Sites on the Border
Time: Apr 23, 2020 07:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
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Thank you,